I'm bringing back the newsletter!
First of all, I am currently out on tour with a mish mosh of friends/musicians that I've played with over the years, but not necessarily in the same bands at the same time. (tour dates here).
Here is a short history of the current band members.
Aaron Dugan started the original band with me in 2003. We went to the new school together with drummer Tim Keiper in NYC. Aaron started Roots Tonic my original band and has written and played on all my records. Over the years we have collaborated as a duo combining vocals, beatbox, guitar and effects. He has been a true brother when it comes to our musical and life journeys. We have used music and creating music together to explore our worlds and I am so happy to be playing with him full time again. Aaron re-approaches this gig perhaps for the first time in a way where his improvisational nature is fully celebrated. I am looking forward to seeing Aaron thrive being surrounded by musicians who support creative expression and freedom.
Stu has been a very close friend and main source of musical inspiration over the last 6 years. Being touched by Reggae music and known for making it, bass is very important to me. Stu produced and wrote the last record Akeda which includes surrender and broken car two of my fav's. I have never ever heard a bass player who is able to play in a style that touches his. He is my family man and taste maker. He is also of the Dub Trio whom I've toured and created with over the past 6 years.
I met Rob opening for his band Addsion Groove Project in 2004. We became friends and began touring together with Aaron in 2008. Rob plays with a bunch of amazing musicians and is in the Jen Hartswick band. We share a love of phish and after several years of being mainly at home with his family he's back on the road and is one of the most creative and unique players I've ever had the blessing to play with.
Timmy, Aaron and I have played together since college but never actually toured together. When we started booking this tour as an intimate evening with I thought it made sense to have Tim cause of his unique background in African percussion. He's played with Vieux Farka Toure and Cyro Baptista. He's a bad ass drummer but also an incredibly creative percussionist that could add an earthy quality to our sound.
Live at Stubbs 3
In honor of the tour and the 10 year anniversary I have released Live At Stubbs 3. It is made up of mainly the original Stubbs tunes but with the current sound and band.
We are doing a tour photo-blog with my new friend Jake Butters. Jake is a photographer from Miami and is taking the world by storm. We met in met at a show in Miami, and invited him on the fall tour.. Follow along with daily photo uploads to his tour blog here.
I am starting fan club where you pay a membership and receive all kinds of content, but mainly new Matisyahu songs every month. Basically, I'll be going into the studio every month, collaborating with different musicians, writers, producers and releasing the music to you the next day. Check out the link and get new music every month. Simple. Check it out
Besides moving back to NY, I had an amazing summer touring in Europe and Israel. I survived the BDS Spain debacle and the received the Dov. Of Peace for my courage by Shimon Peres.
We have been putting up periscopes of soundcheck and the show so follow on Twitter to be notified when I go live.
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New Matisyahu gear now up on the store.